Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia @ Legion of Honor, SF
Words by David Molesky and Scout Opatut // Conversation with Curator Esther Bell
Odd Nerdrum once told me the story of a crazy man attempting to destroy a painting by Pierre Bonnard in his permanent collection. It turned out that the crazy man was, in fact, the great French painter himself, who never felt that his pictures were finished. Bonnard was notorious for carrying around a miniature painting box, discreetly hidden in his coat pocket. When he was invited into the homes of his collectors, said paint box in tow, he would sneak around, hoping to retouch his paintings, and if caught, his excuse was that the painting needed to be repaired.
April 05, 2016